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Start Here

If you are looking for quick access to full text articles, start with these full text databases that have good coverage on topics related to economics:

  • JumpStart: a multidisciplinary database interface that you can search our library catalog and most of our databases simultaneously.
  • Jstor: a multidisciplinary database of full text articles from scholarly sources.
  • Project Muse: another multidisciplinary database of full text articles from scholarly sources.
  • Academic Search Complete: a general database of mostly full text articles from both scholarly and popular sources.

For More In-depth Sources

If you are looking for more comprehensive coverage on a topic, use

  • Economic Literature: Economic Literature,or Econ Lit, is the major database in the field. It covers all major peer-reviewed journals in the field, ranging from 1969 to present. Mostly index only with some full-text.

For Books

  • For books at the Dickinson College Library, search our Library Catalog.
  • For a complete list of books on a topic, search the database WorldCat.
  • Google Scholar is also a very good sources for finding books and scholarly articles.

Other Relevant Databases

  • For social sciences in general, you can try
  • For business and management related to topics, you can try
    • Business Full Text: Covers all aspects of business from both scholarly and non-scholarly sources (news, trade publications). Indexing starts from 1982; full text starts from 1995;
    • Business Source Complete: A comprehensive scholarly business database including case studies, country reports, company profiles, financial data, market research reports, and SWOT analyses in addition to books, journal articles, and trade magazines.
  • For Agriculture related topics, try
    • Agricola': worldwide coverage on agriculture, including books chapters, journal articles, government documents.
    • 'Biological & Agricultural Index Plus': popular and professional publications on agriculture, forestry etc.

Reference Sources

If you are unfamiliar with a topic and need some overview or introductory sources, try

  • Credo Reference: it includes nearly 500 encyclopedic titles and dictionaries covering a wide range of subjects and disciplines including economics and business.

Online Resources on History of Economic Thought

  • American Periodicals Series Online 1740-1900: Full text of 1,100 periodicals that first began publishing between 1740 and 1900. Includes special interest and general magazines, literary and professional journals, children's and women's magazines, and many other historically-significant periodicals.
  • Eighteenth-Century Collections Online: Full-text scans of nearly all English-language imprints and other materials from the eighteenth century. The collection contains a wide variety of materials from books and directories, Bibles, sheet music and sermons to advertisements and works by many well-known and lesser-known authors.
  • Liberty Fund Library of Economics & Liberty: a website provided by Liberty Fund, Inc., a private, educational foundation established to encourage the study of the ideal of a society of free and responsible individuals. It includes monthly feature articles and daily blog posts as well as authoritative editions of classic works in economics and history;
  • Making of the Modern World Part I and II: More than 61,000 titles from books, journals, pamphlets, essays, reports, correspondence, speeches, surveys. Content is in English and other languages. Offers access to the theories, practices, and consequences of economic and business activity in the West, from the last half of the 15th century to the mid-19th century. Combines the strengths of two pre-eminent collections — the Goldsmiths' Library of Economic Literature at the University of London Library and the Kress Collection of Business and Economics at the Harvard Business School — along with supplementary materials from the Seligman Collection in the Butler Library at Columbia University and from the libraries of Yale University.
  • NewsVault: Allows for cross-searching of these 19th and 20th century sources: 19th Century British Library Newspapers; 19th Century U.S. Newspapers; The Economist Historical Archive; The Financial Times Historical Archive; The Listener Historical Archive; The Times (London) Digital Archive.


  • USA Data and Statistics: a service on the U.S. government's official web portal. It also provides access to varied topic information and statistic data across the Federal Government.
  • Marketline: a database of company, industry, and country profiles.

Internet Sources

Search strategy: use advanced search feature in Google and limit your search to .gov or .org or .edu. Or search Google Scholar. Below is a list of internet sites related to urban agriculture:

Cite Your Sources

Always document your sources carefully throughout the entire research and writing process. Check your Writers Manual or our library Cite Your Sources page for appropriate ways to document your sources in different styles.

Other Relevant Research Guides

Government Documents; History; Sociology; Newspaper Articles; Statistical Information